South Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Program Description

EQIP offers financial and technical assistance for eligible farmers and ranchers to install or implement structural and land management practices on eligible agricultural land. Any farmer or rancher who is engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land may participate in the EQIP program.

South Dakota NRCS supports the locally led conservation effort in the delivery of conservation programs. The State Technical Committee, convened by the State Conservationist, consists of individuals representing commodity groups; private entities; tribal representatives; private individuals; federal, state and local governments. The State Technical Committee identified the following four state resource concerns as priorities:

  • Water Quality
  • Grazingland Health and Productivity
  • Cropland Protection/Improvement
  • Wildlife Habitat Development

NRCS earmarks 17 percent of the EQIP allocation for South Dakota American Indian applications. Applications are eligible for the American Indian earmark if the land with the proposed cost-share conservation practice(s) is physically located within the reservation boundaries or is American Indian operated land outside of the reservation boundaries. After the amount of earmarked funding is identified, the State Technical Committee approved the distribution of the remaining portion of the EQIP allocation as follows:

  • $2 million for applications that include an animal waste management system (AWMS);
  • 50 percent for applications with total cost exceeding $100,000; and
  • 50 percent divided evenly among the seven South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts (SDACD) area workgroups for applications with a total cost of less than $100,000 

Sign Up

To apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), you will need to fill out the Conservation Program Contract Form CCC-1200 and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Contract Appendix To Form CCC-1200.

After submitting your application at your local USDA Service Center, a certified conservation planner will assist you in developing a plan to address the resource concerns on your farm. They will also work with you to complete a scoring worksheet for your application. Submitted applications are ranked, with the highest priority given to those applications in each region with the highest score.

Contact South Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Contact South Dakota Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Mike Kuck
Natural Resources Conservation Service
200 Fourth Street SW, Suite 200
Huron, South Dakota  57350
Phone: 605-352-1206


Service Area

National Program